” …and let’s be honest, that’s probably a good thing. The show is watchable, sure, but it certainly doesn’t posses the draw its predecessor did.

Rebecca Rand Kirshner Sinclair (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” “Gilmore Girls,” “Las Vegas”), who recently took the reins from exec producers Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs, was brought in to address the series’ various problems. Right off the bat, she made some big decisions, the most controversial being the dismissal of leading man Dustin

Milligan.

The move made waves among fans and sparked much curiousity. And when Kirshner Sinclair was later quoted saying that she wants to stop using veteran characters like Kelly Taylor and Brenda Walsh in order to refocus the series on the new kids, she really caught viewers’ attention.

So, what exactly does Kirshner Sinclair want the new “90210” to look like, sound like and feel like? KTV correspondent Marisa Roffman tracked the show runner down to find out…


As a fan of the original series, I have to ask, did you watch “Beverly Hills, 90210”?

R: Yeah, that was my era. I grew up with those girls [from the original show]. What they wore to their prom was the same thing I wore to

mine. It was that black, sleek dress with a giant white bow over the

shoulders. And there was this whole plot of how [Kelly and Brenda] both wore [the same

dress], and I had already gotten it first, so [when it aired] I was

like, oh my God, that’s my dress! And some girl at my school wore it as

well.

So you had your own Brenda and Kelly dress fiasco at your prom!

Will your familiarity with the original series impact how you run “90210”?

R: Yeah. [“Beverly Hills, 90210”] was a zeitgeist when I was growing

up. I’m honored to pay homage to that show, but what I’m excited about

is when fans can almost forget there was an old show and [“90210”]

feels like a new thing that really reflects the zeitgeist

now. There was some magic when [the original] started and it really

struck a nerve, and I can’t even begin to analyze how that came about,

but [for this show], I’d like to begin by writing about real

teenagers and a real world.

Fans were shocked when news broke that Dustin Milligan (Ethan) won’t be returning next year. Can you talk about the reasons behind

cutting Ethan?

R: I honestly think Dustin is such a good actor and such a lovely

person. He is incredibly smart and perceptive and I loved working with

him. At the end of the year [when I joined the show], I was really

encouraging a dialogue between the writers and the actors and he was

somebody who took me up on that. He was so thoughtful and careful about

his ideas, and I was really impressed. So in my mind, it wasn’t about

not liking Dustin, but [about] the character of Ethan. I felt [Ethan]

didn’t allow me the freedom that I wanted. I really wanted a range

between the characters and I didn’t feel like I could do with that

character what I wanted to do with one of my core people. I think

Dustin is amazing and he’ll do great. I was very honored to work

with him, but he won’t be back.

Will Dustin ever show up in a season 2 episode to wrap up his storyline?

R: I’m not absolutely sure, but I don’t

think so.

Do you have plans to add any characters in the near future?

R: I’d love to! There’s a range of teenagers I’d love to see. I’d love

to see a surfer girl. I’d love to see a tennis player guy. I want to

bring in the sunshine and sexiness of LA and balance our mix and allow

our kids to find who they are.

It’s been reported that you are planning on cutting the vets from

the original series in the future. Does that mean Jennie Garth (Kelly)

won’t be recurring next season?

R: I honestly feel that interview might not have reflected my real

feelings [on the topic]. I’m not interested in casting people just for

stunt value. I’m not interested in looking at it like, oh my God,

that’s Madonna walking across the screen. If Madonna wants to play

someone’s mom at the school, that’s fabulous. To me, I really care

about the new generation of kids, that’s where my heart is, but I think

all those people [from the original series], it’s been an honor to work

with them and I’m open to any of them [returning]. I just don’t want to

do it for stunt value or shock value. But that doesn’t mean I don’t

want to [use the vets again]. If someone falls into the world, I’m all

for that.

So Kelly’s sticking around?

R: Yeah. You’ll see more of Kelly for sure.

I know the show has gone through changes over the season, but it seems like some storylines have been brought up and then

never addressed again, i.e. Harry’s missing son. Do you have any plans

to revisit that?

R: Anything is possible, but I don’t think my goal will be to answer

every question, but rather to set forth a new drama. That’s not to say

some of the [unanswered] stuff isn’t [important] — everything will have to be judged

specifically — but I think there may be some leaps in that this is a new

incarnation and a new thing.

Is there anything you can tease to for the finale?

R: A lot of drama goes down. It’s the end of the school year, it’s the

end of the season. Some decisions are made that will change a lot. People make some really bad decisions, people open up their hearts and,

for one character, there is something [that happens which] is the straw

that breaks the camel’s back. People

are becoming who they could be [in the future]. There is some real growth and evolution in

the characters as a result of the events that happen at the end of

season one.

So, thoughts? You think RRKS will be good for “90210”?

Posted by:Korbi Ghosh